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 Significant Cognitive Disabilities (SCD)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

​​​​To have a significant cognitive disability a student, must have a documented cognitive disability that affects intellectual functioning. This would include students with severe to profound cognitive impairments or an intellectual disability. Students with significant cognitive disabilities may have a wide range of ​characteristics, depending on the combination and severity of disabilities and the student's age, but are not limited to, the following:​

  • Limited speech or communication
  • Difficulty in basic physical mobility
  • The tendency to forget skills
  • Difficulty generalizing skills from one situation to another and/or
  • A need for support in major life activities (e.g., domestic, leisure, community use, vocational)

Students with significant cognitive disabilities and multiple disabilities typically need an individualized education program of special education services and supports that include specially designed instruction, related services, assistive technology,  and/or other services required for the provision of a free appropriate public education.​

​Specific Resources

Curriculum Resources for Fall of 2021:

Students with Hearing and Vision impairments

Instructional Strategies - November 2021

Adaptive living – December 2021


State Define Alternate  Diploma.pdf
Curriculum Resources for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.pdf
GAA 2.0 Extended Standards.pdf
Instructional Support for Teachers of Students with Significant Disabilities.pdf

2020 Distance Learning Support


 Special Education

Lynn Holland, Program Manager


Anne Myers, Program Specialist Intellectual Disabilities & GAA

Monique Frazier, Program Specialist, GAA 2.0

Paula Gumpman, Program Specialist Assistive Technology

Evelyn Dixon, Program Specialist,  Speech-Language

Elise James, Program Specialist Transition Outcomes

Laurie Ponsell, Program Specialist Transition Compliance

Assessment and Accountability

Mary Nesbit-McBride, Assessment Specialist ACCESS2.0 & GAA 2.0 email:

​​Alternate Diploma​​

 GaDOE Webpages

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Intellectual Disabilities

Transition Process to Adulthood